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Howdy!

27 Oct. 2000 | Format: MP3

£5.49 (VAT included if applicable)
Also available in CD Format
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 19 Oct. 2000
  • Release Date: 27 Oct. 2000
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 48:01
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  • ASIN: B001GTNHTU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,558 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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I think that one of the greatest achievements of Teenage Fanclub is their innate ability to distill the best and most memorable achievements in recent pop music: Beatles, the Byrds, Big Star, et al. and just deliver beautifully crafted songs. I still get goosebumps listening to any of their records. This is the way I always wished my band to sound. Happy, straight and un-presumptous music. No coincedence that artists like Matthew Sweet, who also drink from the same fountain of musical inspiration as TFC, is also one of my favorite artists. So much music nowadays is heralded by self-appointed "mental patients", pretend tough guys deppresives, etc. Its good to just listen to music dedicated to us, the normal ones, the little people. It is such a humble and honest way to approach a listener. Simple and heartfelt. Give them a try, you won't regret it!
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By A Customer on 9 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
No change of direction other than the fuller arrangements, built up with hammond organ, harmonicas and other odds and sods - even Fanclub on auto pilot beats the best most other bands can muster.
Gerry Love contributes the "hit singles" off this collection - "I Need Direction", "Near You", "The Town and the City" - each as good and as catchy as anything he's ever composed.
The real revelation for me on this album is the sheer quality of Ray McGinley's songs. So often the "third man" behind Love and Blake, "Howdy" sees Ray step right out of the shadows with some classic songwriting, the depth of which is unrivalled by much of the contribution of Love and Blake. Forget the gripes about Ray's voice. Listen to the songs.
The album lost one star due to Norman Blake's selection of songs. Must try harder, Norm. Nothing wrong with them, just average Fanclub fare though. Remember, this is the man who has written countless exceptional TFC tunes.
But as I said, better on autopilot than...
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By A Customer on 8 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
Teenage Fanclub, surely the most underappreciated band of recent times, carried on where their previous album "Songs From Northern Britain" had left off with another collection of harmonic masterpieces. This record is a real grower and, while I wouldn't recommend it as your first Fanclub purchase (try the new Best Of or Grand Prix) there are enough quality moments to ensure a five-star rating. Norman Blake, Gerry Love and Ray McGinley are great singers and songwriters and have produced the goods yet again. From the chiming "I Need Direction" with its "ba ba ba" backing vocals to the call and response vocals of "My Uptight Life, this album is a must for anyone who enjoys jangling guitars, harmonies and summery tunes.
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Oh, how we all love Teenage Fanclub. Well, we did. After "Songs From Northern Britain" they were threatened with obscurity. However, this fine collection of melodic pop should see them back in the limelight. The lovely new single "I Need Direction" sets the tone, all coosome guitars and hummable choruses. Their Beach Boys/Byrds/Beatles sound is refined yet further, to the point where you find yourself snuggling up with the music. Very fine music too. This album deserves to join the ranks of classic, along with "Bandwagonesque" and "Grand Prix." Right. Here's what to do. Click on "Add to shopping basket." Buy CD. It's that simple. You won't regret it.
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Just call me a bold-faced liar. Were I an honest man, I'd have given "Howdy!" the five-star rating it deserves. But why tell Teenage Fanclub faithful something they already know? Any self-respecting fan has already bought the album; their reading of this review amounts to little more than an afterthought. These comments are intended for the uninitiated masses; the curious onlookers compelled to explore the murky depths of the indie pool in search of something decidedly less MTV inspired. Tread these waters carefully, friends! While discovering Teenage Fanclub may not be as remarkable a feat as unearthing Scotland's more famous offspring, the experience is pretty darn close. Granted, the Loch Ness monster may generate more tourist dollars for her native land, but I'm guessing she doesn't write songs nearly half as catchy.
"Howdy!" marks the sixth commercial release for Teenage Fanclub principals' Raymond McGinley, Norman Blake, and Gerard Love. Having spent the better part of a decade with little more than indie level recognition, you'd think the Scottish power popsters would be embittered by their lackluster chart success. Far from being soured, "Howdy!" -- with its jocularly dismissive title and album cover artwork more befitting a preschool pencil sketch -- reaffirms Teenage Fanclub as premier craftsmen of joyful, unadulterated pop. This is a collection of happy songs, yes, but deceptively so. Beneath the whimsical title and colorful melodies, the boys are clearly dragging some emotional baggage. Fortunately, the Fannies were never ones to hide their feelings.
Ever the democracy, McGinley, Blake, and Love share songwriting responsibilities, with each contributing four tracks to the album.
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